Olympic Winter Games – WOMEN’S GOLD

Final standings:

Gold: Sweden
Silver: Canada
Bronze: China

4. Switzerland
5. Denmark
6. Germany
7. Great Britain
8. Japan
9. Russia
10. USA

Sweden’s women’s team – skip Anette Norberg, third Eva Lund, second Cathrine Lindahl and lead Anna Le Moine – made curling history when they beat Canada’s Cheryl Bernard by 7-6 through an extra end steal on Friday in the final of the women’s curling competition.

They have become the first team to retain an Olympic curling crown, as Sweden is the only nation so far to win two Olympic golds in the modern era.

After a cagey start from both teams, Sweden made the break-through in the third end, scoring two and then repeating the medicine in the fifth end for a 4-2 half-time lead.

However, Norberg was short with a draw in the seventh to give Canada’s Cheryl Bernard a steal of two for a 5-4 lead.

Another single steal in the ninth gave Canada a two-shot lead, but Norberg bravely scored two in the tenth for 6-6 to put the game into an extra end.

Canada had last stone, but Bernard was tight on her double take-out attempt, leaving a Swedish stone in the four foot ring for a steal and their historic victory.

Afterwards, Norberg said, “while nothing compares with your first Olympic gold, this is amazing too, but in a different way”.

However, for once, third player Eva Lund disagreed with her skip. “This is much bigger than the first time. To be on top of the podium again is huge.”

Although clearly disappointed, Canadian skip Cheryl Bernard insisted, “we will be happy with this, we are happy with this. We’ve done something for our country and we’ve never even had the chance to represent our country before.

Her third player Susan O’Connor said, “we feel honoured and it’s a privilege to be on this Canadian Olympic team. It’s exhilarating to walk out there and know that everyone is cheering for you.”

After all this, Anette Norberg exited the media interviews with a simple explanation – “now I go to meet the King”. Sweden’s King Karl and Queen Silvia were amongst the 6,000 strong crowd that filled the Vancouver Olympic Centre to watch the game.

26 February 2010